08 July 2020

Abertay men's football captain wins award named after late best friend

Abertay men's football captain wins award named after late best friend

Jake Wright holds a strip with "Forever Abertay Ross Cook" written on it

ABOVE: Jake Wright (centre) was Ross Cook's best friend

A talented Abertay footballer has won a prestigious award named after his best friend, who tragically died in an accident two years ago.

Jake Wright, who this week graduates with a degree in Sports Development and Coaching, received the Ross Cook Memorial Award as part of the university’s graduation celebrations.

The prize recognises an individual who has gone the extra mile for their club.

The 21-year-old is the first team captain of Abertay’s Men’s Team, and led them to second place in the league this season, seeing off competition from much larger universities.

The award has extra meaning to Jake, as he was Ross’s best friend and flatmate.

Ross, who died following an accident in February 2018, was an integral member of Abertay University Football Club.

ABOVE: Ross Cook

The side has continued to pay tribute to the 19-year-old, retiring the number 5 jersey in his honour, and performing this year with ‘Forever Abertay Ross Cook’ emblazoned on their strips.

The award announcement was made by Rangers and Scotland legend Barry Ferguson who paid tribute to Jake, describing his award win as a “massive achievement.”

Ian Lowe, Student Services Manager, said: “Congratulations to Jake for this much deserved award. His on-field achievements have been significant, and his off-field achievements have been equally impressive.

“He has been a tireless fundraiser and has helped keep team spirits high, building a real sense of togetherness.

"Sport is a massive part of the university experience, and Jake has helped make that experience even more memorable for a great number of people.”

"It really is a big deal to me that I’ve won this award, and as proud as I feel I want to make sure I do Ross and his family proud too.” - Jake Wright

Jake said he was honoured to receive the award: “It means a lot to me. Ross and I met at Abertay and quickly hit it off becoming really good friends.

"He became a big player for the football team, and we’ve tried our hardest to honour him by organising fundraising events in his name, and making sure people know all about him.

“It really is a big deal to me that I’ve won this award, and as proud as I feel I want to make sure I do Ross and his family proud too.”

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